Blog Posts

By Graham Baxter, Director, Responsible Business Solutions, International Business Leaders Forum

I was there at the start, Johannesburg 2002, although I have to admit I was a bit busy promoting BP's Solar business in the Ubuntu Village tent to spare much time for the launch by the UK Prime Minster, Tony Blair, of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. When I was asked to take on BP's corporate responsibility role the next year,

By Eddie Rich, Deputy Head of the EITI Secretariat

There is little doubt that multi-stakeholder initiatives are the flavour of the month in the development world.  With levels of trust under severe strain between governments, companies and communities due to the current economic environment, the role and profile of such initiatives is likely to increase still further.As well as the EITI, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and the Kimberly Process,

Most minerals have seen a decline in market prices of 40-50% in recent months as the global economic slowdown reduces demand from industry. One could ask, "Does the quest for more transparency help to mitigate the negative effects of this collapse?"

In times of depressed commodity prices revenues from extractive industry are reduced, putting pressure on government finances as well as extractives operators. As financial resources become more scarce,

A growing number of parlamentarians around the globe are recognising the need for increased transparency and that legislative action can play an important role towards that end. Parlamentarians have already played an instrumental role in calling for and mandating the EITI standard in many countries.

In countries such as Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Nigeria and Yemen legislators hold seats in the the national EITI Multi-stakeholder group.

The EITI's International Conference in Doha is an important forum for leaders from governments, companies and civil society organisations to come together and exchange ideas and experiences. The list of leaders coming to the conference highlights the broad range of support for the EITI and the key role it can play in improving transparency and promoting good governance in the extractives industry. Industry leaders such as Jeroen van der Veer, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell; Peter Robertson, vice-Chairman,

The EITI Secretariat has been buzzing with activity in recent weeks as preparations for the 4th EITI International Conference in Doha are in full swing. Stakeholders from around the world have been sending in their contributions for the range of publications that will be launched during the conference, including the EITI Progress Report 2007-2009. Interest in the conference has been high, with Heads of State and many ministers from supporting,

By Sefton Darby, Director of S.E.B. Strategy Ltd

With the 4th international EITI conference almost upon us it is perhaps worth doing a little advanced thinking about the kind of issues which the global "EITI community" will need to address in the 2 years that follow the conference. At the Lancaster House conference in 2003 a two-fold agenda was set: to broaden what was then a very small group of stakeholders into an international movement;

I too want to welcome you all to our new website. The international EITI Secretariat opened here in Oslo last month. With the launch of this new website we take another important step in the building of our organization and in contributing towards a standard and movement for revenue transparency.

The EITI Secretariat cannot “do” the EITI. The “doing” of the EITI needs to be done by countries committed to implementing it, in close collaboration with all of their stakeholders.